Wave Of Publicity Suits Washing Over Hollywood, Attys Say

Law360 (March 2, 2018, 8:49 PM EST) -- BigLaw entertainment attorneys speaking at an American Bar Association panel in Napa Valley, California, shared their concerns about a recent trend of right of publicity and defamation suits filed against media giants like FX, Fox and Lifetime, saying the cases threaten to make it more difficult for Hollywood producers to make docudramas and sports features.

Joel R. Weiner of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP said docudramas are "America's guilty pleasure.” But two pending lawsuits — Olivia de Havilland v. FX Networks LLC et al. filed last year and a lawsuit over a Lynyrd Skynyrd movie — are raising "serious concerns" about the...

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